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Epic trip through Thailand

Image of a traveller looking out at a sunset in Thailand - KILROY
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Recommended duration

5-6 weeks

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Included in this itinerary

Flights, volunteer project, adventure tour and diving course

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Combine the highlights of Thailand's beaches and islands with a two-week stint volunteering with rescued elephants at a wildlife centre in the jungle. Mix in five days learning to dive in Koh Tao and you've got the perfect mix of lazy beach life and self-development.

Touch down in Bangkok where you'll be met and transferred straight to a wildlife centre for your volunteer project working with rescued elephants. After two weeks here, you'll travel back to Bangkok to meet with your new travel buddies for a tour of southern Thailand, with time to explore the capital and party in Koh Pha Ngan. Next you'll be heading underwater to learn to dive on Koh Tao island. After that you've got a few nights on Koh Samui to unwind before heading home or continuing your journey elsewhere. 

*From price per person based on shared accommodation

What's included:
  • Return flights to Thailand from the UK
  • 15-day volunteer project at the Elephant Refuge and Wildlife Centre with three daily meals, shared accommodation and arrival airport transfer
  • 8-day group adventure tour from Bangkok to Koh Tao
  • 5-day learn to dive package in Koh Tao
  • 3-day arrival package in Koh Samui
  • Booking fees
  • Your own travel specialist
What's not included:
  • Travel Insurance (but we can help you with that)
  • Vaccinations (ask us about our discount with Nomad Travel)
  • Meals (other then those included in the tours/packages)
  • Optional activities
  • Transport from Hua Hin back to Bangkok
  • Transport from Koh Tao to Koh Samui

Travel suggestion: Epic trip through Thailand

Home - Bangkok - Hua Hin - Bangkok - Khao Sok National Park - Koh Tao - Koh Samui – Home

This itinerary is just a suggestion and can be customised to suit your unique travel plans. Make it longer, make it shorter. Add in the things you want to do. Get in touch with our travel experts to turn this itinerary into your dream trip.

Volunteering in Hua Hin Wildlife Rescue Centre

Welcome to Thailand and the start of your journey of self-discovery, self-development, and perhaps a full moon party to balance it all out.

You'll be met at the airport in Bangkok and transferred to the Elephant Refuge and Wildlife Centre in Hua Hin. As a volunteer at the elephant project, you will be taught everything you need to know about the care of these magnificent animals. You will work hands-on with the elephants, washing them, feeding them during the day, going out to collect food for them, walking with them into our beautiful lake to swim and cleaning their enclosure.

After two weeks (or longer if you prefer), you'll head back to Bangkok to meet up with your new travel buddies, joining a small-group adventure tour that will take you to the islands down south.

If you'd rather volunteer with children in a kindergarten, we can arrange that in Hua Hin as well. Just let us know.

Bangkok to Koh Tao Explore southern Thailand

Check out the lively bars and dance parties that line Kao San road in Bangkok. It's the perfect place to start your tour with fellow backpackers. There's also the chance to explore the city by bike, go for a street food crawl or relax with a Thai massage.

Then it's an overnight train to Surat Thani and onto Khao Sok National Park for outdoor adventure. The next stop is Koh Pha Ngan where you can relax by the pool or spend the night at a full moon party. There's also free time to explore the island's waterfalls and lagoons.

A ferry ride brings you to Koh Tao where you can relax on the beach during the day and head out on the famous Koh Tao Pub Crawl at night.

Koh Tao Learn to dive

You've explored life above sea level, now it's time to explore below the surface. We've included a 5-day learn to dive course on Koh Tao island. Not only is it great fun while you're here, but you'll also get your PADI certificate for you to use whenever you travel again.

The days are a combination of diving and theory lessons, the occasional yoga practice and in the evenings you can hang out with your fellow divers. Not too shabby, eh?

Koh Samui Free time to relax

Last stop on this amazing Thailand itinerary is Koh Samui. We've arranged an arrival package at our favourite hostel here, and what you'll do during your stay is entirely up to you. The first thing we recommend you do is rent a scooter and take a ride around the island.

End the day at The Jungle Club to enjoy a spectacular sunset. Once you're ready to leave Koh Samui (will you ever be?), you can fly back home, or if you're thirsty for more adventure, continue your trip to your next destination. Whatever you choose, we'll help you arrange it.

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